Wing of Zock “Chart Review” Blog Carnival May 2013 Edition

chart_review (2)Compiled by Jennifer Salopek and Sarah Sonies

Welcome to the May edition of Chart Review. This month’s series has a great collection of posts covering health IT, #hcsm, and reflections on electives and residencies as this school year comes to a close. Read on as we highlight our favorite April blog posts from and about academic medicine. Like what you read? Please feel free to cross-post Chart Review on your blog!

Science Roll

Starting off this month’s Chart Review is this post on disruptive technologies in education on Science Roll. Bertalan Meskó MD is using virtual learning to teach students—with the help of Facebook and E-Patient Dave—about health and science IT. In a fashion similar to that of massive open online courses (MOOCs), Meskó created a digital format for the course, so the materials can be accessed by both learners and educators universally.

Colleen Young – Health Communications

With not just an America but an entire world online, Dr. Rajiv Singal (@DrRKSingal), Head of Urology at Toronto East General Hospital, moderated a #hcsmca tweet chat last week that discussed how physicians should adapt to the rapid information exchange and dissemination in the digital world. Assessment of an applicant’s digital footprint is increasingly becoming more of a consideration when reviewing medical school applicants. Dr. Singal raises the question of how to best analyze a potential digital footprint in a meaningful way.

[#hcsmca hosts a tweet chat every Wednesday at 1 pm ET, with an evening chat at 9 pm ET the last Wednesday of every month.]

Queen’s University Undergraduate School of Medicine Blog

In the first of a two-part post, Anthony J. Sanfilippo, MD, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at Queen’s University, describes the challenges to the medical school admissions process in Canada: namely, high application rates and an admissions process that, while objective, still weeds out qualified candidates based on GPA and MCAT score guidelines.

The second part of the post explores the responses and feedback Sanfilippo received from the first. High demand for medical school positions and the “ill-designed tools” for admission assessment have led to a series of “unintended consequences,” such as the commercialization of medical education, he writes. Sanfilippo proposes a series of strategies for expanding the criteria of the admissions process to curb these unintended consequences.

The Doctor’s Tablet

Medical school applications are due in June, and acceptance of admissions offers are due May 15, putting applicants in the final stretch of the spring decision-making process. Albert Einstein School of Medicine offers a guide to applicants in a post, “Picking the Right Medical School,” that shares insight for applicants, including resources on finding out how to enroll in a postbaccalaureate year, and advice to incoming students about selecting schools.

Check out Einstein’s #medMo website for more tips and resources on the med school application process.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine

This post highlights a #meded twitter chat out of the United Kingdom. #UKmeded is held Thursdays at 9 pm Greenwich Mean Time. The chat’s topic was whether assessment drives learning: Do formative and summative assessments align with medical education curriculum in a way that heightens learning? The post concludes that both types of assessments are necessary, if administered properly. The link to the full list of subtopics from this Twitter chat is available here.

Student Speak

Oregon Health and Sciences University’s blog for students features posts from students across the medical and public health professions. The Affordable Care Act not only calls for more primary care physicians due to the onset of the increase of insured patients, but for larger numbers of nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians’ assistants to help build stronger care teams. Mary Thies, a pediatric and oncology nursing student, shares OHSU School of Nursing’s video highlighting the program and the history of the profession.

Adjacent Possible Medicine

A new find from the blogosphere (h/t to MD2B’s blog roll!) points us to a great #hcsm post on a blog cultivated by an internal medicine resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The post focuses on the storytelling role that social media can play in medicine, linking care providers and patients in order to motivate behavioral change.

Chart Review is a monthly feature in which the editors at Wing of Zock highlight our favorite blog posts from the previous month. We focus on blogs about academic medicine, whether from the perspective of student, resident, faculty member, dean, or administrator. Medical schools and teaching hospitals provide fertile ground for innovative responses to health care challenges. We are pleased to highlight some of the best here, and hope you will send us your favorites as well.

Stay tuned for a special Chart Review next month highlighting med student blogs. Have a blog in mind? Send your nominations to Managing Editor Jennifer Salopek at